The AdS/CFT correspondence has provided new and useful insights into the nonperturbative regime of strongly coupled gauge theories. We construct a class of models meant to mimic Yang-Mills theory using the superpotential method. This method allows us to efficiently address the problem of solving all the equations of motion. The conformal symmetry is broken in the infrared by a dilaton field. Using a five-dimensional action, we calculate the mass spectrum of scalar glueballs. This spectrum contains a tachyon, indicating an instability in the theory. We stabilize the theory by introducing a cosmological constant in the bulk and a pair of 3-branes, as in the Randall-Sundrum model. The scalar glueball masses computed by lattice gauge theory are then described very well by just a few parameters. Prospects for extending the model to other spins and parities and to finite temperature are considered.
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We thank T. Gherghetta for very insightful discussions. This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy Grant No. DE-FG02-87ER40328. A. D. is supported by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program under Grant No. 00039202.
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